The party leave the archers and their fortified camp behind, giving it a wide berth due to fear of further traps. It is now late afternoon, but there is still a few hours of light left. Heading north - west, Frog Froth's keen senses avoid them getting turned around, the trek is rather peaceful and uneventful for some time.
In a clearing - a small square, perhaps there was a small market here once, but now it is an undulating surface with short bushes growing in patches - the group pauses. There is a particularly strong vinegar like smell - quite pleasant actually, it reminds you of certain dishes popularized by travelers of the Hundred Kingdoms.
When stepping into this particular clearing, Miu is suddenly enwrapped in the smells of this place, closing his eyes and thinking of the wondrous foods of the Hundred Kingdoms. His favorite dish: egg noodles and a vinegary lentil sauce atop. Ideally, with a glass of wine beside. The thought makes him feel comforted and happy.
"Well, this seems like a pleasant spot to set up camp for the night... Does anyone object? "
"I would have liked to have used more of the light," said Dubi Gan while putting his things down, "But today was rather exciting enough. Let's rise as early as possible and see if we can make a longer day of it tomorrow."
Miu collects dead branches and twigs off the ground and builds a small campfire at the center of the clearing. It's modest fire, the bundle of wood burning poorly. But he drips a bit of oil from his lantern and the flames rise higher. He sits himself on the ground beside, and with a large sigh, begins to meditate.
As Miu bends down to pick some firewood, Dubi Gan hears Subotai's warning and adds "hey, that pile of sticks looks odd..." As Miu pauses an instant, Frog Froth notes the pile shifting and shouts a warning.
The pile bursts open in a shower of sticks and debris! The acidic smell becomes overwhelming, as a giant insect-like creature emerges. Armed with two menacing pincers and a long tale with a peculiar ending, it rushes towards Miu, trying to pinch off a limb!